Young people’s mental wellbeing improved after attending programmes run by Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, results in our new 2018/19 Impact Report show. This year nearly 700 young people started programmes with the Trust and in total, over the last year we worked with 1,122 young people across 120 programmes.

The Trust use the standardised (Short) Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (S)WEMWBS* across all our programmes, allowing us to consistently report our impact in a standardised and comparable way. Results for the last year showed an average 2.1 point increase in mental well-being which shows great progression as the average length of a programme run by the Trust is six months.

Speaking about the results, Col. Dame Kelly Holmes said:

I’m really delighted to see the impact the Trust had over the last year on the mental wellbeing of young people we work with.  All our programmes are led by ex-world class athletes and it’s a testament to the skills, experience and attitudes these athletes bring which enables these young people to thrive. Mental wellbeing is such a huge topic for young people these days and I’m proud my charity is at the forefront of this area, making a large and lasting impact on the wellbeing of young people.

As well as showing an improvement in mental wellbeing, our Impact Report also details the impacts our individual programmes have on areas such as employability, education, leadership and physical wellbeing. At the end of our community based Get on Track programme, 84% of young people felt ready to re-enter Education, Employment or Training and 89% of students on our school based On Track to Achieve programme reported they were able to make good decisions. In the first year of our programme in Northern Ireland, Young Leaders & Ambassadors are already making a huge impact on their communities.

Extending our monitoring and evaluation was made possible thanks to funds raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. This funding allowed us to research in more detail the impact our programmes are having on the people we work with and also allowed us to publish the 2018/19 Impact Report.

Stephanie Kerr from People’s Postcode Lottery said

We are pleased to see the impact the Trust’s work with young people has had on their mental well-being over the last twelve months. Helping the Trust to strengthen their monitoring and evaluation team allows them to understand outcomes in more detail and therefore continuously refine and improve their programmes, which has a benefit to all the young people they work with.

You can read the full 2018/19 Impact report here